What do you do if bike is stolen on a trip/journey !

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by JoeFab, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. JoeFab

    JoeFab Been here awhile

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    O.k. guys what do you do if the above happens when you're far from home ? Who do you call , how do you get home ? Does anyone have experience of this ?...j.f.
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  2. sheffib32

    sheffib32 Adventurer

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    I'd cry.
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  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Like Heidi said, depends on the individual's resources and situation.

    If you are getting buy on a shoestring budget, it will probably be the end of the trip. Reach out for help on advrider.com, or to family back home. We'll figure it out. If an international advrider had this happen near me, I'd probably see if my wife would let them borrow her bike and we'd ride around to see all the local sights near me, before giving them a ride to the airport. Might as well see as much as we can before ending the trip.

    If you're a wealthy world traveler, I'd probably buy another bike and continue the trip. Here in the USA, there are lots of new or used bikes available.

    Also depends where you are. Things are a lot easier in your home country where you know how to register another bike, or put a temporary plate on it for the ride home. If you are in another country where you had to sign import papers saying you would remove the bike from the country in so many days, you'll have some red tape to deal with before they'll even let you leave the country on a plane.
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  4. Dracula

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    Since you posted in "Trip plannig" I am guessing you want to prepare for this possibility. First I'd worry allot more about what to do about not letting the bike being stolen. Common sense goes a long way, but like it has been already mentioned, all depends on where, when, etc. If you need more answers on preparedness/avoidance of theft, you should state it more clear. For example, I would never leave my bike somewhere shady for overnight, or without using a cover and a lock. I had alarms with remote pager too.

    As far as *after* the fact? Make sure to have my curses (or prayers) vocabulary up to date, and after a serious relief of energy, call local police and report it. Insurance as well. Then sit down and think about what kind of trip was I in and consider my options, i.e. scrap it and fly/drive home or, if the trip was the kind of once in a life time round the world several months or more - maybe see if waiting for bike to be recovered is possible, or get a new one.
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  5. JoeFab

    JoeFab Been here awhile

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    Really just throwing a query 'out there' to see if it's happened to anyone. I'm sitting here at home with the bike 'winterised' and thinking about next riding season. I wondered what i'd do if this happened to me far from home. I agree with not parking in 'sketchy' places and taking all precautions, but what would you do if the worst happened ?...j.f.
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  6. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I was at a hotel once about 400 miles from home, last night of a trip, and heard some commotion outside. 4 guys were clearing a spot in an enclosed cargo trailer, pretty close to where our 2 WR's were parked. I walked outside and calmly pushed both bikes into the hotel room. A different family was outside and watched me do it, they seemed surprised.

    If my bike had been stolen, assuming my friend's got it also, we'd have rented a car and driven home. But we were only 400 miles away and heading home anyways.


    I carry full coverage insurance, but at the same time it's not like I'd get an insurance check in my hand that day. So I dunno. My longest trips are 2 weeks, otherwise just 3 to 6 days normally, so I think I'd be renting a car and heading home. Or maybe buying a bus ticket, depending on where I'm at and how much money I have at the moment.

    If I was somewhere cool, like Colorado, I may stay for a few days and do some hiking, or something else interesting, then head home. Hard to say.

    If the cost of a rental car/bus ticket were too high I might start looking at Craigslist. Lots of $1500 bikes from the 90's that have plenty of life left in them.
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  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    (1) Lock your bike wherever you travel

    (2) Use a bike cover in most places

    (3) Purchase theft coverage for the country(ies) you plan to travel through if the value of your ride warrants it

    Then.....

    (4) Go on your epic trip and concentrate on your voyage. You've done all you can (1-3 above) and there's not much more you can or need to worry about.

    I'll tell you this, and this is me just reading your posts. Either you will never travel anywhere because you'll let worry prevent you from leaving your driveway - or- you're a great planner and just want to cover the bases to do what you can to begin your voyage on the best footing.

    I hope it's the latter and not the former

    Good luck
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  8. JoeFab

    JoeFab Been here awhile

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    LOL, man i'm just asking 'what if' ! I repeat ...bike winterized, nothing to look forward to til next year, and i'm already getting withdrawals ! Only making conversation...j.f.
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  9. Trialsguy

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    A co-worker and his buddy rode down to Alabama from Toronto to the visit the Barber Museum . They figured they would save a few bucks by staying at the first cheap motel they found in Birmingham. No bike covers, disk lock only on the bikes. Lo and behold, the bikes were gone in the morning.

    They rented a car, made sure they could take it out of state, and drove it to Buffalo. Then had family come across the border and pick them up.

    As others have said, a lot of how you get home depends on where you might be when it happens. Losing a bike in Ontario is easier to get home than Inuvik, or Panama. Your catching a flight in those scenarios.
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  10. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Happened to me. My BMW R1100RSL blew something in the rear end or drive shaft on the Continental Divide heading to Colorado. I got a BIG tow/lift to the dealer in Colorado Springs. Saturday night at 10pm. I left the bike RIGHT outside the front double doors of the dealership and hid the keys on the bike. Meanwhile I borrowed my brother in laws truck (lives there) and drove to Sturgis. Tuesday I call the dealership......no bike! Gone. I report it stolen to the police, take BIL’s truck back and ride home bitch on my wife’s RSL! Got paid by the insurance co. THEN years later I spin the clutch splines in my R1150GS in Green Bay Wisconsin. Being smarter I went to the dealership on a trailer and traded it in for a used Rockster to complete my journey. In short have insurance, have an escape plan, have money in the bank. It’s an ADVventure!
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    You get home by any means possible. We left our bikes in Ushuaia to be shipped later and did Jet Set to depart. If you don’t have the gumption or resources to figure out what to do it will leave you stranded. We’ve parked our bikes in Cabo San Lucas and rented a car......you just do what needs to be done. If you can get local help you are better off.....if you can’t you figure it out. Money helps. I bought my replacement bike with a credit card. I once got as far as Honduras in VW bug, sold it and hitched a ride to Panama. I broke a drive shaft on a Mini in the UK......sold it to a mechanic near Stone Henge and took the train home. NIKE had it......just do it......again money helps.
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  12. max384

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    Firstly, make sure you have enough emergency cash to get a plane/bus/train ticket back home in a worst case scenario.

    If you are out of your country, make sure your motorcycle insurance includes out of country coverage. This usually is purchased separately from your standard motorcycle coverage. If you only have a short time period for a trip, you likely won't get your money while you're on the road, but at least you'll eventually get compensated.

    If you have enough money available, you could buy another bike while on the road, and continue your trip. Otherwise, head home, and curse the son-of-a-bitch that stole it.
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  13. JoeFab

    JoeFab Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys, some good answers there !...j.f.
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    I'd get very, very drunk.
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  15. scyth3s

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    I keep seeing people say to use a bike cover... Do you really think that helps? Everyone knows it's a motorcycle underneath and I don't think a cover is a good deterrent-- it seems more like a feelings protector than a bike protector.. Obviously a disc lock and heavy duty chain are a different story, and park indoors/under supervision if at all possible.

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  16. Donkey Hotey

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    Think of it like a burqa for your motorcycle. They may know there's a motorcycle underneath but, nobody is going to be staring at it if it's not on display. Plus: if crooks are cruising the town looking for something to steal, which will attract more attention: a big, dark grey blob of nylon or a bunch of shimmering chrome and paint?

    Oh yeah...

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/friend-missing-rip-larry.1156796/
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  17. Whodatschrome

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    Three letters followed by three numbers...KLR650. If your bike breaks or gets stolen, get on Craigslist and buy a KLR to keep the trip going. My buddy busted up his clutch basket in his KLR mid trip (600 miles to go). The next day he bought another low mile KLR on craigslist for $2400, and the trip proceeded.
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  18. MotoMigrant

    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    Agreed, in fact got you beat, only to letters "DR" :lol3. Sold my KTM 950 and my wife's BMW 650 and got 2 DR 650s and outfitted them nice with plenty of $ to spare. We came to the conclusion that if our bikes got stolen in Panama we didn't want to be out $15,000. Also, insurance don't work down there so I wasn't going to get a check. All through Central America the bikes went into a hotel lobby or we were camped next to them and I always lock the steering and the few times I had to leave them on the street, they we locked together. But still, almost anyone can cut a lock and 2 guys can heave a bike into a truck. You can only prevent so much. I honestly now worry more about what happens if I or my wife gets hurt. The hell with a bike, you gotta be ready for when that cow (or deer) runs across the road and plows into you! (True story, cow slammed into my wife while in Mexico, she was beat up and some stitches but could've been 10x worse). Life is a journey and it will end or could end at any time so go out and have some fun while you can :clap.
    PS-The OP probably didn't think we were all going to get this deep, lol
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    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    Or, you could put a GPS tracker on it!
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  20. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    "What do you do if bike is stolen on a trip/journey"

    I'd hitch a ride.
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